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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Ferrets. The Little Thieves

The name "ferret" is derived from the Latin furittus, meaning "little thief", a likely reference to the common ferret penchant for secreting away small items.  Wiki


Crusades era painting of women hunting rabbits with a ferret.





8 comments:

  1. That would drive me nuts. You, my good friend, are very patient.

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  2. We've all got our quirks. Thieving is relatively harmless and they can't get anything important unless I am careless.

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  3. When you have something missing you check their spots first ??

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    1. I should, but in actuality I always assume I put whatever it was down someplace other than the ordinary spot. They usually get the keys to the outbuildings, car keys, and things like that. They like to take tv remotes and chew up the rubber on them. Those things I eventually have to go look in their spots with a flashlight.

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  4. My wife is incredibly impulsive about pets. It almost never ends well and in between impulsive and bad endings there is almost always lots of money spent, lots of pet odors and lots of fussing, between she and I.
    Right now, in the house there are 2 new cats, 1 new dog and 4 sugar gliders. The sugar gliders have been here about 2 years. My wife has to work some days on call and comes home late, and that invariably leads to the glider cage smelling foul. Oddly, since the gliders eat so much fruit, the poop smells fruity, but still smells like poop. But now, with the dog crated in the den, the glider smell is hardly noticeable, you do the math.
    Several years ago the impulse was ferrets,(in a cage) and with her habitual lack of cleaning, the house was smelling pretty bad, so I had to insist that they leave, which caused discord for awhile but, c'est la vie.
    I can't imagine if they had been "free roaming" the house, although a friend of a friend has some and I hear his house isn't bad as far as smell.
    It's easy to see that the ferrets have personality but I suppose they are best kept by responsible people.

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  5. Were you able to find good homes for them? Ferrets can easily be trained to use a potty box, so I don't have a problem with that issue. Mine are kept clean and are easier to have than cats. I have seen a picture of a sugar glider but never seen one in person.

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  6. It has been several years since she had the ferrets so I don't recall who she sold them to. It seems like they had a liter box in the cage but after she cleans something like that a few times she wants the kids to do it and despite my best efforts at raising responsible kids, it seems I have been a failure 4 times over.
    I keep goats and chickens now and have had turkeys and rabbits. And despite having the kids feed the animals with me day after day, I cannot depend on them to look after the animals without me.

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    1. If she found someone to buy them she was lucky. What usually happens is they wind up at the animal shelter. I have a standing agreement with four animal shelters around my county to call me if anyone turns in any ferrets. Nobody adopts them, but there are ferret rescue societies that will get them out of the pound if no one else does.

      I had goats, but I gave them away after the kids left. Two black nubians. I used to see them in the pasture I drove by on the way to town . The old man I gave them to promised not to sell them to the Mexicans and he kept his promise.

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